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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Transfiguration of Our Lord Worship at 8:00 & 10:30 am

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The Gospel for this Sunday:

Mark 9:2-9

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The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s beloved son. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

Celebrating Black History Month

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou
A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
And dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
Can seldom see through his bars of rage
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
And the trade winds soft through
The sighing trees
And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright
Lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
His shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
His wings are clipped and his feet are tied
So he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom.

Whiteness & Anti-Racism


February 11; 9:30 am; Adult Ed Room

Whiteness and Racism conversations continue with the exploration of the terms “non-racist” and “anti-racist.” We will also look at those who were white abolitionists. All are welcome!

Looking Through an African-Centered Lens

Stephen Marsh

Presented by Rev. Stephen Marsh
At New Life Lutheran Church
7564 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison
4:00- 6:00 pm
Part II: Sunday February 18 The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas
Part III: Sunday, March 11 The Secret of Joy: How the Struggle Continues
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Ash Wednesday & Lent Midweek Worship

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Wednesday, February 14; Noon & 7:00 pm

Thursdays, February 22; March 1, 8, 15 & 22; 7:00 pm

Join us for worship during Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. Our mid-week worship continues on Thursday evenings with prayer services. Our theme this year is “The Gospel from the Global Church.”

Bible Study Matthew Chapters 14-28

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Last Session Today: February 8

1:00 pm and 7:00 pm The Book of Faith study on the Book of Matthew is a continuance of our recent program and will cover the 2nd half of Matthew. Thursdays at 1-2:30 pm or evenings at 7-8:30 pm in the Learning Center. Sign up now on the bulletin board.

Wholistic Healing Book Study

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February 20, 7:00 pm; Adult Ed. Room

At our next Wholistic Healing Book Study, Tuesday, Feb. 20, we will view a meticulously documented and thoroughly comprehensive video about genetically modified organisms (GMO) made by the non-profit Institute for Responsible Technology (of Fairfield, IA) with input by more than 30 scientists.

"Genetic Roulette" is for anyone wanting to understand GMO technology and learn how to protect their families. We assume the FDA is protecting our health but the truth is that eating genetically modified (GM) food is a gamble that most of us don’t know we are taking. The biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking video. There are dozens of health risks of ingesting commonly eaten GMO foods such as cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, birth defects, autism, infertility, digestive disfunction, obesity, food allergies, and new diseases not seen before.

This does not even consider the damage being done to our environment by the chemicals used to grow GM crops which is a big part of the reason our insect population (now down by 50%) has decreased along with our birds and other wildlife. The benefits of buying organic start long before we eat our food.

The date of this meeting was changed because of a conflict. Please join us for this video and discussion at Lake Edge Lutheran Church, Madison.

Carnival for Christ Vacation Bible School Kick-Off


February 25; 3:00–5:00 pm

Join us for fun games including Face Painting, Ring Toss, Cupcake Walk, Bingo, Balloons with Boris and more! Rumor has it that there will be a Pie Throwing contest again. Tell your friends how much fun this was last year! Sign-up sheets for families interested in attending the carnival and those willing to volunteer are available. There are many ways to help make this a success! All proceeds will go toward VBS 2018.

Cristo Rey Scholarship Program

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Lake Edge has had a relationship with Cristo Rey in Santa Ana, El Salvador for 25 years. Several years ago we asked Pr. Carlos how we could help them. He said the best thing we could do was to provide an education for the children. Education is not mandatory and requires the student to wear a uniform and have their own school supplies. The cost to send a child to school is about $100.00, a month’s income for a family. Every fall Lake Edge members provide scholarship funds, which are wired to Cristo Rey in January before the start of their school year. We have been able to support around 150 children each year. Some of the children have actually been able to pursue educational opportunities after high school. If you wish to participate in this program, please identify your donation as Cristo Rey Scholarship. There are cards in the fellowship area if you wish to donate in someone’s name as an alternative holiday gift.


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